The narrator of the story, the traveller, created a real sense of audience involvement getting the audience to “play” the characters of the squirrels, rabbits and frogs in the giant’s garden from their seats. This sometimes led to a little too much information being offered by the children when the scene had been paused for dramatic effect.
The three actors played between them a huge number of characters:
• the Traveller
• the Giant
• the Spring
• the Summer
• the Autumn
• the Winter
• the hail
• the north wind
• the frost
• the eagle
This worked exceptionally well, the costume changes made it easy for the audience to see the different characters and the costumes themselves all were perfect for the characters they were being used to aid.
Another brilliant aspect of the show was how well they incorporated set changes into the story itself to stop the young audience losing focus. The set was cleverly built with portions that could be moved by the cast easily and it was artistic but very simple.
There was also a sign language translator for any deaf audience members towards the side of the stage, this hopefully made the show more accessible for a wider audience and allowed people with hearing problems to experience theatre, a media form often impossible to experience without aid.
This show is brilliant, especially for younger children who would be able to get properly involved in the magical storyline. It uses movement in the dance routines expertly acted out by every character besides the eagle, the choreography truly matching every scene. The set is simplistic but effective and everything comes together to make an engrossing, interesting play.